Street naming and numbering

Street naming and numbering is a legal function of the council to assign house numbers/road names to new developments and property conversions.

Individuals and developers should not allocate their own house numbers, building or street names. We also maintain the definitive record (Local Land and Property Gazetteer) of all street names and property addresses.

Why street naming and numbering is important

The address of a property is becoming increasingly important as more organisations, postal and emergency services and the general public need an efficient means of locating and referencing properties.

If a property is not “registered” through the street naming and numbering process it will not appear on the main address database and the owner/occupier will encounter difficulties in obtaining mail, goods and services from a variety of sources, for example applying for a credit card or obtaining goods by mail order.

The main address database is used by the council, Royal Mail, all statutory undertakers, emergency services, credit agencies, satellite navigation system suppliers and many private companies. All new addresses are allocated in line with British Standard 7666.

For information about the numbering of properties and the naming of streets contact us using the details on the right.

To change a house name, request a new house no. in an existing street or request a new number and new street name, click on the 'request streetname' button.